Sabah sun bear centre goes virtual to stay afloat

KOTA KINABALU: The attractions at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) came under a live spotlight as Sabah turns to virtual promotion to introduce its “Enchanting Sabah Live” series.

The series on various tourism attractions across Sabah will be conducted by local industry experts.

It is scheduled for every Tuesday through webinar sessions on social media platforms.

BSBCC founder Dr Wong Siew Te took online viewers for a one-hour virtual tour of the centre – located at Sepilok in Sandakan – and talked about the care of sun bears while answering questions from viewers posed in the comment section.

When contacted, Wong explained that the centre had been offering virtual tours since May last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to receive visitors, especially international tourists.

“So offering the RM40 virtual tour is not only to help generate income for the struggling centre, but also to educate the audience about sun bear conservation, as we are racing against time to save wildlife species,” he said.

Wong admitted that the virtual tour was harder to promote and was not as impactful as expected, and the time slots (10am and 2pm daily) could be challenging to people in western countries due to the different time zones.

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